We are proud to announce our 2019 Michigan State University Comics Forum (MSUCF) Artist Alley list of exhibitors (available on the Artist Alley page) and our schedule of Academic Panel Discussions (available on the Panel Discussions page).
I’d like to take a moment to thank all the applicants who submitted work to our 2019 event. We had an overwhelming number of high caliber scholars and cartoonists interested in being a part of our event. In fact, while we doubled the number of panel discussions offered in 2018 from 2017, in 2019 we are more than doubling our panel offerings again, expanding from 2 to 4 rooms and adding an extra 5th session to accommodate the increased demand. We’re honored to showcase work from such a diverse and international group of scholars in the field of comics.
We also had a record number of artists apply, over two-and-a-half times the number of cartoonist applicants that we are currently able to host. Due to present restructuring and renovation taking place in our venue, the MSU Main Library, we were unable to increase the number of artist exhibitors for 2019, which made our deliberation and acceptance process quite difficult. However, we’re already in conversation with our venue to increase space for the MSU Comics Forum Artist Alley in 2020. With that said, we’re excited about the group of cartoonists ready to assemble in 2019, which include a number of new, diverse, and established creators, from MSU Comics Minor students and alumni to established artists like mini-comics veteren, Matt Feazell, and National Book Award winner and former MSU Comics Forum Keynote Speaker, Nate Powell, in addition to our 2019 Keynote Speakers, Qiana Whitted and Seth, to highlight just a few.
I hope you’ll take a moment to familiarize yourself with the scholars and artists’ work. Because of them, 2019 is shaping up to be another banner year for the Michigan State University Comics Forum. The MSUCF committee and I look forward to seeing you in February.
MSU Comics Forum – Director
Due to popular demand, the Women Comics Professionals exhibit, housed in the MSU Main Library Special Collections exhibit cases on the first floor as well as the 4th floor exhibit cases near the Fine Arts Library, will be on display through June 2018 (contrary to their announced end date in March 2018). Click here for MSU Main Library hours of operation to visit the exhibition.
Both of our 2018 Michigan State University Comics Forum keynote addresses have now been archived. You can access them both below, or via the link on each presenter’s name.